Health and Welfare

1:14pm

Fri November 30, 2012
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Obesity Rate Greater than World Rate

Take no solace from The Economist, which proclaims in its yearly analysis-and-prognostication issue that this is the year world leaders will take on worldwide obesity because, writes Charlotte Howard, "they will realize something must be done."

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4:23pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Health and Welfare

Task Force Recommends Changes to Protect Young Athletes

Beth Musgrave of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the state Task Force on Interscholastic Athletics at the Middle School Level announced its preliminary recommendations this week to address concerns about young athletes' health and safety. It seems that middle school sports in Kentucky have never had the advantage of being governed by a unified code of rules and policies like their counterpart in high school sports.

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12:52pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Health and Welfare

Report Shows Increase in Bounce-House Injuries

A new report out today in the journal Pediatrics warns that, on average, 31 children a day are transported to U.S. emergency departments for treatment of bounce-house injuries, including fractured bones and muscle damage. "If this was an infectious disease, we'd call it an epidemic and it would be on the front pages all over the country," said study co-author Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. (Associated Press photo)

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12:50pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Health and Welfare

Study Predicts Expanding Medicaid will Increase Costs in Kentucky

Expanding Medicaid to people making up to 138 percent of the poverty level under federal health reform and its heavy subsidies would cost Kentucky about 5 percent more for Medicaid over the next 10 years than doing nothing, the Kaiser Family Foundation said in a state-by-state analysis today.

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10:36am

Wed November 21, 2012

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Wed November 21, 2012

3:59pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Health and Welfare

Consequences of Meth Displayed in New Campaign

The lobby for makers of over-the-counter drugs, which has fought laws to tighten controls on sale of cold medicine that is used to make methamphetamine, is starting a public-education campaign to discourage evasion of the system that tracks purchases of pseudoephedrine. The targeted states are Kentucky and Alabama, which could be key to preventing passage of laws like the one in Mississippi, which requires a prescription for pseudoephedrine.

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3:07pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Health and Welfare

UK Surgeons Perform First Heart-Lung Transplant in 15 Years

University of Kentucky surgeons performed Kentucky's first combined heart-lung transplant in 15 years this summer, UK announced today. Dawn Nelson, 29, of Louisville, received two lungs and a heart from the same donor in one procedure at the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center on July 7. Combined heart-lung transplants are rare; only 27 were performed nationwide in 2011. They are generally performed on younger patients who have a fatal disease and cannot be treated with medication or other interventions.

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12:51pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Health and Welfare

Funding for Critical Access Hospitals Could be Cut

Critical access hospitals, which in most states are rural facilities with fewer than 25 beds, may be under attack in the lame-duck session of Congress, former national rural-health director Wayne Myers writes for the Daily Yonder. President Obama's "budget proposes to revoke CAH status and special payments for any such hospital within 10 miles of another hospital, and to cut the extra 1 percent payment for all of the critical access hospitals," Myers writes. (Census Bureau map of CAH locations)

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4:04pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Health and Welfare

The Threat of Fire on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is often the biggest, most complex home cooked meal of the year, which means there are a lot of mistakes. It can also be a busy day for firefighters.   The National Fire Protection Association says Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires.  In 2010, cooking played a role in 156 thousand house fires, resulting in 420 deaths.  Richmond Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Long says turkey fryers, when used by inexperienced cooks, can create a fire hazard.

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10:49am

Mon November 19, 2012
Health and Welfare

Diabetes Rate Increasing in Kentucky

We're not just getting fatter, Kentucky, we're becoming chronically ill because of it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of diagnosed diabetes in Kentucky has increased dramatically in the last decade and a half.

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11:39am

Sun November 18, 2012
Health and Welfare

Teen Smoking Rate Drops in Kentucky

Like most states, Kentucky showed a drop in reported cigarette smoking among 12- to 17-year-olds from 2002 to 2010, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Nationwide, teenagers' reported "current use" of cigarettes dropped from 12.6 percent to 8.7 percent. In Kentucky, that decline was even more significant, plummeting from 17.6 percent in 2002 to 11 percent in 2010. The 2002 rate was third in the nation; the latest one is sixth. The surveys defined "current use" as smoking in the past month. (Click on map for larger version)

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5:17pm

Thu November 15, 2012

4:54pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Health and Welfare

Changing Dynamics of Homelessness

In Lexington, a series of events mark National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.  Volunteers walk, sleep and eat like homeless residents.  There’s a Memorial March, a prayer service, and a concert.  It’s all part of an effort to put a face on central Kentucky’s homeless population.  In most minds, the image of homelessness might be a shabbily dressed man loitering along inner city streets.  That image remains true in cities all across the country.  But, it’s not the sole scenario.  Just a few years ago, Ellis Boatley was homeless.  He found himself taking shelter under a bridge in Lexington.  But, today he says no shelter can be found there.

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3:54pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Health and Welfare

East Kentucky Earthquake Impact

Last weekend’s light earthquake, which was centered in far southeast Kentucky, got a lot of people’s attention.  Among them are the region’s geologists and emergency managers.  The four-point-three magnitude quake serves as a reminder of how a much bigger earthquake could one day strike the Commonwealth.

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12:52pm

Wed November 14, 2012

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Wed November 14, 2012

1:04pm

Tue November 13, 2012

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Tue November 13, 2012

2:49pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Health and Welfare

Stronger Quake Possible Some Day

Saturday’s earthquake in southeast Kentucky may have some residents worried about the potential for a stronger quake. While considered  light, Saturday’s four-point-three earthquake, which was centered near Whitesburg, could be felt in Lexington and Cincinnati.  Compare that to the six-point-oh quake that hit Virginia last year….damaging structures in Washington D-C.   Kentucky Geological Survey Geologic Hazards Director Zehnming Wang says such a strong quake here cannot be ruled out.

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3:30pm

Fri November 9, 2012

11:17am

Fri November 9, 2012
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Blood Donations go to Disaster Areas

Blood donations have been in high demand since Super Storm ‘Sandy’ struck the eastern seaboard.  As part of a national network, blood gathered by the Lexington-based Kentucky Blood Center has been sent to disaster areas.   Blood Center spokeswoman Denise Fields says some blood products collect in the commonwealth have already been sent to New York.

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1:15pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Health and Welfare

Study Finds Pacifiers Carry Disease-Causing Bacteria

Oklahoma State University researchers report that they have found a wide range of disease-causing bacteria, fungus and mold on pacifiers that young children had been using. In research presented at the American Society for Clinical Pathology, scientists have shown that pacifiers can also grow a slimy coating of bacterial film that alters the normal bacteria in a baby or toddler's mouth, increasing the likelihood of colic and ear infections.

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1:09pm

Thu November 8, 2012

12:18pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Health and Welfare

Sandy Experience for Red Cross Volunteer

Wintery weather continues to hamper relief efforts in states like West Virginia, which were hit hard by ‘Super Storm Sandy.’    A Kentucky Red Cross volunteer got an up close view of weather-related problems in two West Virginia communities.  Southern Kentucky resident Ron Shipman helped with food preparation at shelters in Beverly and Kingwood.  “Sandy” dropped two feet of snow on Beverly.  Shipman says the biggest issue facing most residents was the loss of electricity.

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12:38pm

Wed November 7, 2012

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Wed November 7, 2012

12:00am

Mon November 5, 2012
Health and Welfare

Rule Continues Medicaid Burden on Independent Pharmacists

A recent decision by a statewide Medicaid operator has independent pharmacists upset again. Back in January, it was a group of pharmacists who blew the door off the hinges when it comes to problems with Kentucky’s Medicaid managed care system. Then, they were angry over a lack of co-pays on drugs. Now, operator Coventry Cares has reversed course, claiming it will now charge co-pays.

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1:14pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Health and Welfare

Baptist Health Buys Trover Health

Following the nationwide trend of large hospitals taking over smaller ones in light of health care reform demands in a slow economy, Louisville-based Baptist Health added an eighth hospital to its statewide network this week by acquiring Trover Health System in Western Kentucky. Andy Sears, vice president of planning and system development for Baptist Health,  told Laura Ungar of The Courier-Journal that Trover contributed its total assets to Baptist Health, which took over its liabilities, making the deal worth about $120 million.

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1:11pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Health and Welfare

Study Finds Smoke Free Workplace Leads to Fewer Heart Attacks

Mayo Clinic researchers have found a 33 percent drop in heart attack rates in a Minnesota county after public smoking bans were enacted. This, while rates of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity remained the same or even increased after the ban was put in place, reports The New York Times. The conclusion: “I think the bottom line is this should turn the page on the chapter discussing whether or not secondhand smoke is a risk factor for heart attacks,” said Dr. Richard D. Hurt, an author of the study and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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